The party traveled through the cavern below the Dragon Crypts that had been used by the Cult of Belashyrra as a ritual meeting place until they reached the Dhakaani ruins. As the party entered the first room, they quickly found themselves surrounded by kruthics, giant acid-spitting insects that arrived via several large tunnels in the room’s surrounding walls. After defeating the kruthics, the party explored the room in more detail.
The walls were decorated with mosaics and bas-relief depicting a great war between the goblinoids of Dhakaan and great tentacled beasts from the realm of Xoriat. Mummified corpses slumped in alcoves around the room’s exterior, and a large pile of blackened skulls sat in the center of the chamber, held in place by thick iron bars engraved with red script in the Goblin tongue. A faded battle standard depicting a stylized griffon on a red background hung from a silver pole that rose from the center of the skull pile. Using a magical ritual, Nemis granted himself the ability to read the Goblin script:
“Gnoth, slayer of weaklings, keeper of the Axe of the Ashen Crown, protector of the Guilded Cage, even in death she is stoic and strong. The might of Xoriat has not bested her. Hell goes with her.”
The party opted to explore the kruthic-made tunnels rather than the chamber’s original exits. In the first stretch of kruthic tunnels, the walls of which were lined with a greenish, gelatinous film, the party found the skeletal remains of a lone goblin. Among the goblin’s possessions was a metal box that contained several coins minted in the goblin-run nation of Darguun, a thin journal, and a scrap of leather with a goblin palm print and a downward pointing arrow inked on its surface. Nemis, still under the effects of the Comprehend Languages ritual, read the journal, which was written in the Goblin tongue. It revealed that this goblin was one of a small group of Kech Volaar, or Word-Bearers, who had traveled to Gnoth’s tomb from the nation of Darguun to recover “the Cage.” The journal describes their journey from Darguun to the Dragon Crypts. The last entry, mentioning that the group was to enter the tomb the following day, was dated roughly a month ago.
The party then continued to explore the kruthic tunnels, fighting many more of the insect-like creatures and discovering the bodies of several more goblins.